Evaluating peer-led services to support the wellbeing of people living with HIV


Brigstowe is a Bristol charity providing support and services for people living with HIV.

Brigstowe delivers ‘Positive Voices’, a set of services for people living with HIV which are delivered by other people living with HIV. It aims to improve their emotional wellbeing, social inclusion and HIV self-management. It also aims to reduce stigma by improving professional expertise and attitudes. 

My work

This evaluation explored the impact of Positive Voices, gathered learning for project improvement, investigated challenges and successes, ascertained the value it provides, and explored how it should further develop. 

Methods included document review, analysis of service delivery and service user feedback data and interviews with a range of people involved in co-ordinating, delivering and participating in Positive Voices.

The evaluation found Positive Voices continues to be effective in achieving its aims. Findings demonstrates how it positively impacts the psychological, social and physical well-being of people living with HIV, sometimes in life-changing ways.  Eleven recommendations were made which relate to optimising Positive Voices delivery and/or extending the impressive impact already achieved.

Brigstowe are using the evaluation findings to support future funding bids, promote and raise awareness of the services, and develop an action plan to optimise and extend Positive Voices.


The evaluation was commissioned by Brigstowe, who were funded to deliver Positive Voices via the National Lottery Community Fund

Related Reports and Links

Positive Voices Evaluation- Summary version April 2024

Positive Voices Evaluation- Full version April 2024




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